Whats going on with Davao lately? Ever since Thursday until yesterday blackout (we call it here brownout) twice a day. It’s early Wednesday here so maybe later it will have another blackout again. I am also wondering if its in Davao and a little bit in GenSan only. I spoke with my sister when we had our first blackout and she said they also had blackout. It’s really annoying. I never heard any advisory on TV or radio about it. I don’t know if they did and we just didn’t see and hear it. Before they usually give an announcement and the details even on TV and radio AM/FM and newspaper too, but this time I didn’t see one.
The thing also in our subdivision, our next door neighbor often has power when we don’t have. Maybe they experience the blackout too this time. In the past they are okay when we don’t have power. They are on a different line than us. I guess we are on the line with the commercial places on F. Torres Street and Bajada area (this is the place where most of the coffee shops and restaurants are located). So, we are the ones that have blackouts most of the time. Somehow our next door neighbor isn’t connected to the same circuit and they have power most of the time.
I hate when its blackout especially during night time. As you know a lot of crimes happen then. We have to be on the lookout then too. We always hear stories about somebody climbing (akyat bahay) over the fence and getting anything they could inside the house. Some even murder the homeowner and the people inside. When its brownout its good to lock all the gates and the doors. That’s what we do now. I haven’t heard of any gangs here in Davao. But you’ll never know. I saw some graffiti on some walls here but I don’t really know if its from somebody who just wants to write something. As always just stay safe.
Last Friday I went to Aaron’s school. They had program for the kids who will receive some awards. The program started at 12:30pm. Just right when the program started everything went dead. The person next to me immediately said “brownout again.” I think it lasted for 30 or so minutes. The staff didn’t anticipate this brownout so we waited for them to put the karaoke machine that uses batteries so that they can use the microphone so the program may continue. It took them like less than 10 minutes to change, the only thing, it was hard to hear the person talking on that microphone. Everybody was really glad when the power was back again. For one we can hear the program better and the big fan was going again! With so many people the fan is not enough. Luckily its an open air area where the program was, so at least some air was flowing. I am not used to bringing a small fan (Paypay) like a lot of the ladies in the Philippines are bringing in their purse. I’m so glad it was over in 2 hours because I was already sweating.
It would be a week tomorrow since its been brownout everyday. I hope that its going to be better soon. I think people are getting tired of this. When calling the power company the operator will just say that all circuit are busy now. I’m pretty sure that people are calling them and asking whats going on? When we had the brownout again today I called up my sister too and its also brownout in GenSan. It must be the whole Mindanao thats brownout everyday?
What do you think Mindanaons?